NORTH MANCHESTER — Things are shaping up nicely for Wawasee on the hardwood this season. The Warriors faced some big adversity in Friday night’s game at Manchester but escaped with a thrilling 41-40 victory thanks to some late heroics.
Jacob Hand hit a contested, game-winning shot for the Warriors as time expired to escape the Squires. It was Hand’s lone field goal of the night as the junior finished with three points.
The majority of the scoring came from the team’s top two offensive options in Tyler Smith and Trevon Coleman. Coleman dropped a game-high 14 points while Smith accounted for 11. Bennet Hoffert gave a boost of his own with two threes to finish with six points.
Wawasee now stands at 2-1 on the season. The Warriors were just 2-21 last season overall and did not earn their second victory until late January. The Warriors will host West Noble Saturday evening for autograph night.
Manchester was led Mason Hamby and Koehl Fluke who each scored 13 points on the night.
“Great team effort,” said Manchester coach Mark Underwood in a post game statement to area media. “Just came up short. I believe in my guys. We will continue to work hard and stay together. We will learn from this and move on.”
Manchester (0-3) will travel to take on Warsaw next Thursday.
Wawasee won the junior varsity contest 39-23 to move to 3-0 on the season. Dalton Pearish led all scorers with 13 points for Wawasee. Marshal Miller added 10 for the Warriors.